Julie Roberts' long-awaited new album, 'Alive,' is available exclusively through iTunes and her official website starting today (June 7), nearly five years to the day after the release of her sophomore album, 'Men and Mascara.'

Although the South Carolina native stepped away from the spotlight for a self-imposed professional hiatus, her challenging personal life has marked the release of her latest project as a triumphant launch back onto the country music scene. Since her last album, Julie lost her home and car in the 2010 Nashville floods, broke her ankle trying to escape the flood waters and revealed she's battling Multiple Sclerosis. Still, the resilient beauty is counting her blessings.

"Thank you all for being patient with me as I wrote and recorded this album," Julie writes on her website. "You have stuck by me through so much and I am blessed to have you in my life. See you on the road soon!"

The singer released the video for 'NASCAR Party' last week to overwhelming fan support. Julie will be hitting the road this summer to promote 'Alive.' Check out her tour dates here, and order an autographed copy of her new album here.